Monday, October 22, 2007

Frazzled but happy

It's already been a long week. After reviewing my grant proposal with my adviser this morning, I printed the final revisions and trudged across campus in the rain to deliver all 18million pages (originals plus copies in triplicate) to the appropriate office. When I got there, I had to wait in line to meet with someone to have my work looked over. He discovered that on a form that required the signatures of my adviser and the department chair in two places, they'd only signed once, and I hadn't caught it. I raced back to the Physics Building, where I caught the vice-chair in the lobby as he was leaving for lunch. I then spent 45 minutes waiting outside the classroom where my adviser was teaching, and then rushed back to deliver the forms. They seem ok now, and my university will submit them to the state by November 1. Once they reviewed them again, I was seriously late for my 1:30 class, and I made the (perhaps unwise, but sanity saving) decision to just skip it.

I then went to Human Resources to prove that I can legally work in the U.S. and then to the treasurer's office to pick up my paycheck from the work I did last month. It's much larger than I expected, but I'm not complaining. Does anyone know of a good option for opening a Roth IRA with $91.36, or should I try to pick up a couple more hours to bring the total above $100 so I can start one at a local bank?

Since I was already skipping class, I hung out in the honors lounge with a friend, drinking hot chocolate, reading The Economist, and complaining about the grant writing process. I don't think my lab kids are going to get me anywhere near my best today so I hope my co-TA is well prepared and peppy.


plonkee said...

I love getting extra large pay cheques. I once worked for a bank on a short term contract and for various reasons I had to finish up a week or so early. They paid me the full whack anyway. Bonus!

SavingDiva said...

You could always start an account through Sharebuilder.

E.C. said...

It looks like Sharebuilder charges $25 per year to have an IRA through them. That's very reasonable if you're investing a few thousand dollars, but if you've only got $100 with them, it isn't so great.